Obama warns of divisiveness of automation technology

In his farewell address to the nation, US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of automation technology. 

Obama said: “The next wave of economic dislocations won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good, middle-class jobs obsolete.”

The Obama administration has been looking the whole issue of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence, and consulting on the possible impact of those technologies on the US economy.  Continue reading Obama warns of divisiveness of automation technology

Infographic: Why choose obsolete?

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Global supplier of industrial automation parts, EU Automation, has released an infographic detailing the benefits of purchasing obsolete components as opposed to buying brand new equipment.

Focusing on the financial and regulatory benefits of sourcing obsolete, the handy infographic is available to download from the EU Automation website.

By investigating the cost of downtime in manufacturing industries, specifically for the food and beverage, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors, EU Automation’s infographic names sourcing obsolete components as one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to minimise stoppages in production.  Continue reading Infographic: Why choose obsolete?

Large industrial robots finding their way into smaller enterprises, says Acieta

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Mark Sumner, national sales manager for Acieta, a provider of industrial automation solutions, says large robots which used to be the preserve of mega corporations are gradually finding their way into smaller enterprises

Robots benefit manufacturers in many ways: improved quality, increased capacity and a safer workplace. That’s why sales of robot handling systems increase year after year, and it’s not just high-volume manufacturers that are buying them.

Dramatic advances in robotic technologies and lower costs are reducing barriers to implementation, making them effective in medium- and low-volume environments.  Continue reading Large industrial robots finding their way into smaller enterprises, says Acieta

Foxconn to replace all humans with robots

Hon Hai Precision, better known as Foxconn, says it will replace all its human workers with robots, according to a report in Futurism.com

Quoting DigiTimes.com, Futurism says Foxconn has announced a three-part plan to fully automate its factories in the hope of achieving 30 per cent automation by 2020.

Foxconn currently has about 40,000 robots – or Foxbots – working in its factories. The company says it has the capacity to produce 10,000 Foxbots a year.  Continue reading Foxconn to replace all humans with robots

Industrial internet: Hannover Messe increases activity in industrial automation markets around the world

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Whether it is referred to as the Industrial Internet or Industrie 4.0, digitalization is currently on the agenda in every major economy.

The approaches taken and the expectations raised are very different, as two new studies demonstrate.

“Around the world, digitalization of the economy is being approached from different angles,” explains Acatech president Henning Kagermann in the preface to the new Huawei survey, An International Comparison of Industrie 4.0Continue reading Industrial internet: Hannover Messe increases activity in industrial automation markets around the world

Omron to showcase 16,000 factory automation products

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One of the world’s leading robotics and automation systems manufacturers, Omron, says it will introduce a total of 15,583 models in seven categories in its second wave of factory automation control devices built on a common design platform for unified product specifications.

Omron says it has been continuing to work for the innovation of making control panels which house and control factory automation devices on the production front line.

The company unified the design and size of factory automation devices, and introduced products in April 2016 which are built with the company’s proprietary wiring technology “Push-In Plus Terminal Block” for device and control panel makers in need of “downsizing and space-saving” of factory automation devices and control panels, “expedited delivery”, and “response to globalization”.  Continue reading Omron to showcase 16,000 factory automation products

Subaru looking for maximum performance from robotics and automation

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Interview with Steven Eakins, manufacturing engineer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive

In advance of the Next-Generation Collabrative Robots & Automation Technologies 2016 conference (August 17-18, Detroit MI), we spoke to Steven Eakins about his perspective as a manufacturing engineer and where Subaru stands when it comes to robotics and automation technologies.  Continue reading Subaru looking for maximum performance from robotics and automation

‘Nobody understands me,’ moans Industry 4.0

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Only 8 per cent of UK manufacturers have a significant understanding of Industry 4.0 processes despite 59 per cent recognising that the fourth industrial revolution will have a big impact on the sector, according to a new report published today by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

As the increasing use of automation, data exchange, technology and wider supply chain communications driven by Industry 4.0 provides both huge opportunities and threats to UK manufacturing, there remains a “gaping hole” in the education and understanding of Industry 4.0, says the report.

According to the BDO/IMechE study, increased productivity, better data analysis, increased competitiveness and lower manufacturing costs are the top ways in which Industry 4.0 will affect UK manufacturing. Continue reading ‘Nobody understands me,’ moans Industry 4.0

Conference to discuss robotics and automation in automotive industry

Robotics and Automation News partner conference: Next-generation collaborative robots and automation technologies in automotive manufacturing 2016

American Business Conferences has organised an event to discuss robotics and automation technologies in automotive manufacturing. 

The two-day event – Next-generation collaborative robots and automation technologies in automotive manufacturing 2016 – will be held in Detroit, USA, on August 17 and 18, and will be attended by many of the leading names in the automotive manufacturing industry.  Continue reading Conference to discuss robotics and automation in automotive industry